Blast from the past: Boks take second test on British tour


Blast from the past: Boks take second test on British tour


Today in SA sports history: December 19
1931 — Winger Morris Zimerman and centre Franky Waring score tries as the Springboks beat Ireland 8-3 at Lansdowne Road in Dublin to win the second Test of their British tour. Skipper and flyhalf Bennie Osler landed one conversion. His opposite number, Laurence McMahon, kicked a penalty for the home side.
1987 — Brian Mitchell makes the fourth defence of his WBA junior-lightweight title when he stops Salvatore Curcetti of Italy at Capo d’Orlando in Sicily. Mitchell made a record 12 defences of his belt, but only four of those were stoppages.
1997 — Thulani “Sugar Boy” Malinga, having just turned 42, reclaims the WBC super-middleweight title when he comfortably outpoints Englishman Robin Reid in London. He first won the title from Nigel Benn in March 1996.
1998 — Baby Jake Matlala retains the IBA junior-flyweight title when he outpoints Rafael Orozco of Mexico in Miami, Florida. But in Bangkok, unheralded countryman Elton Taaibos was stopped in the fifth round of his challenge for the WBF junior-featherweight title by Samsok Sithchajwai of Thailand.

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